Small Mindfulness & Alexander Technique Classes in Midtown!

Small Mindfulness & Alexander Technique Classes in Midtown!

I’m very excited to present a new format for group teaching which is ideal for students who would like more individual attention and hands-on, but may not be able to afford weekly individual sessions. Starting on Wednesday, April 8, I will be teaching a four week series for only three students at my new Midtown location on 55th St. and 6th Avenue. When we experience pain and stress, we often feel stuck. We might come to feel fearful and ashamed of our own pain. By learning a three-step process for dropping into the…continue reading →
Conquer Fear of Water and Manage Chronic Pain: Swimming and the Alexander Technique

Conquer Fear of Water and Manage Chronic Pain: Swimming and the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a set of skills that helps improve our performance with less stress and tension. It's a natural complement to swimming. By applying the AT to swimming, students have been able to overcome fear, stroke with greater efficiency, and breathe easily. That's why I am offering a special – you guessed it – Surf & Turf package that combines the two. The Alexander Technique helps to:  Improve the body's coordination, from as "simple" a movement as sitting, to swimming the front crawl.  Improve posture and natural muscle strength.  Dramatically increase…continue reading →
Avoid Running Injuries and Burnout with this Alexander Technique Workshop

Avoid Running Injuries and Burnout with this Alexander Technique Workshop

Malcolm Balk has helped thousands of people run more efficiently, faster, and with less injuries. From weekend warriors to world-class athletes, Malcolm has shared his innovative Art of Running approach. A trained Alexander Technique teacher, Malcolm brings a unique perspective to coaching runners. I’ve taken several workshops and his teaching has dramatically improved the way I run: made it easier, more fun, and with less strain. I recently spoke with Malcolm about what good running looks like, why it’s okay to land on your heels, and his upcoming October 25 workshop here in…continue reading →
Posture, Eating, and the Stars of Downton Abbey

Posture, Eating, and the Stars of Downton Abbey

I was recently interviewed by the website youbeauty.com about the relationship between posture and healthy eating. Our conversation quickly turned to the British sensation, Downton Abbey (yes, I have watched many episodes…). Here's an excerpt: "The teasers are out, but you've still got five months before season five of Downton Abbey airs. In the meantime, here's a way to make your obsession with the show a lot more productive: Eat like a Crawley. "Just watch how any of the 'upstairs' family at Downton Abbey eats or drinks tea: with a regal uprightness that preserves…continue reading →
The Approach: Healthy Sitting Posture at Work

The Approach: Healthy Sitting Posture at Work

Last night in the final class of Compassion & Vitality, one student brought in their computer and we re-created her work set up. She wanted to know how could she work without so much pain and stress? Just re-creating her office set up brought on waves of dread. We began with "The Approach." It was a simple experiment – could we change her working physical patterns (and her dread) by approaching her activity differently? Rather than plop down in the chair and breathlessly begin working as she had done previously, I asked her…continue reading →

Quick Tip for Helping Neck Pain

Here's a quick tip to help with your neck pain. The way we move our head and neck, and even the way we think about our spine and head, determine how much tension accumulates in the neck which often causes pain. In this short video, I'll offer a helpful way of thinking about your neck and head while working and going through your day, so that your head feels less like a bowling ball and more like it's floating on top of your spine. If you're interested in learning more how the body…continue reading →
Body As Compass in Times of Stress and Anxiety

Body As Compass in Times of Stress and Anxiety

The body is like a compass in this age of poor navigational signals. We don't know what to do next, though we feel that we certainly should be doing something next. Our attention and decision-making is demanded by notifications from our phones and computers. We have so many relationships to check in on and tidy up through endless apps and platforms. Not to mention worries about our jobs and our expectations for our productivity. With so many different directions to go, how do we decide? One option is that we can listen to…continue reading →
Outdoor Swimming Season Is Here!

Outdoor Swimming Season Is Here!

After nine months of crowded pools, returning to outdoor swimming in a lake or ocean is like liberating a lab rat. There's so much freedom without having to follow that black tiled line beneath you or worry whether the angry Masters swimmer is going to start slapping your foot at any second. So give yourself the time and the space to lengthen your stroke, and start to listen for a more natural rhythm that can emerge when you're not worried about people in front or behind you, or hitting a lane line. There's a…continue reading →

Why Bother with Compassion for Chronic Pain?

Maybe you think that you'll start to be compassionate with yourself as soon as you get over this injury, or as soon as this repetitive stress injury heals and you can get back to work or playing violin. Sometimes it can feel that by "accepting" our pain or injury, that we are somehow condoning it or giving up on trying to get better. In my experience, it's exactly the opposite. When we invest both in the physical aspect of the healing process (whether it's Alexander Technique or physical therapy or exercise), AND invest in healing…continue reading →
Bedbugs, Lead Paint, and Neck Pain: a Case Study of Alexander Technique NYC

Bedbugs, Lead Paint, and Neck Pain: a Case Study of Alexander Technique NYC

In 7 memorable months, my family was visited by 2 of New York City’s dreaded housing plagues: lead paint and bedbugs. If you count hardhearted, greedy landlords, then we had that plague, too. Twice, we packed up all our stuff, tried to keep normalcy for Ruby, and twice we were disappointed (crushed, really) to find out that we could not live safely in the apartments we had moved into. In the first apartment, our landlord evicted us after Ruby tested high for lead in her blood rather than deal with the lead. We…continue reading →